RAVE Promotion for 2021 SD Art Prize Recipients
Recipients of the 2021 SD Art Prize: Beliz Iristay, Hugo Crosthwaite, PANCA, Perry Vasquez
2021 SD Art Prize Artist Interviews
2021 SD Art Prize launched at RAVE | Focus San Diego. This virtual art experience put on by the same people who bring you Art San Diego , The Redwood Art Group. You can see their work in booth #74.
The San Diego Art Prize this year is dedicated to the memory of Larry Baza, chair of the California Arts Council and devoted supporter.
Each of these artists speak to the binational experience from very different lives lived and have worked tirelessly (or exhaustively!) to bring their creativity and passion for their art to the SD arts community!
2021 SD Art Prize Introduction by Patricia Frischer at RAVE: Focus San Diego
- Belize Iristay is a ceramicist and mix-media artist, born in Izmir, Turkey, and lives as a “border artist” between Baja California and San Diego my first meeting with Belize she was dressed in a burka, head to toe black with just a slit for the eyes. She dresses me the same way and I was able to understand how it might feel to be a walking but anonymous thing. My friends saw me and the look in their eyes said I was an alien, even an intruder. She uses all sort of Turkish traditional history references, blue tile colors, calligraphy and patterns. The works is attractive but political at the same time…a fine line to walk. The concepts she expresses here would not be allowed right now in Turkey
"Compulsive Obsessive is one of my favorite qualities in an artist! Sometimes these rituals are what keep us sane during a pandemic." Patricia Frischer
- Perry Vasquez’s father was born in East Chicago into a family of Mexican migrant workers. His mother was born in West Virginia, as a coal miner’s daughter. Vásquez is co-creator of the Keep on Crossin'. Driving down a highway lined with palm can be boring until you see one on fire. That takes the palm from tourist symbol to something completely different. Perry has that compulsive obsessive nature of an artist when he paints palm trees over and over. But the works are full of change. No two are the same. Change is threatening but there is something comforting in this series even with the threat of fire. These palm trees root back to the landscapes in an earlier part of Perry’s career and that is why they are so authentic for him.
- Hugo Crosthwaite, now an American citizen but born in Tijuana, has that same compulsive obsessive need to fill in his quarantine diary every day and he draws, draws, draws like the ink flows from his fingers. He is expressing his pandemic thoughts through a sort of meditation process without worrying about what the work is about, but as a survival technique. The stop animation work that comes from these diaries is not just the finished page, but many stages on the way to filling each sheet. These tiny books will eventually be filling walls like videos in a security surveillance office. We are the voyeurs in Crosthwaite’s world. Hugo Crosthwaite was the 2019 winner of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
- PANCA was born in Chula Vista, CA, to Mexican parents, and is an Illustrator-Painter-Muralist- Installation artist who works with symbolism. During the pandemic, besides her own work, she has been commissioned by the New Children’s Museum to create positive, colorful, light hearted art for children. This was actually opposite to the feelings caused by the pandemic of isolation with anxiety and a dark mood, even an artist’s block. This is an intense time of survival for her, but she credits having to make this work for children and looking forward to seeing them at the museum for pulling her out of the worst of her despair.
Bonus Video. Pass SD Art Prize recipients de la Torre Brothers premiered at RAVE Interview by Chi Essary